Last night we were entered into Calne’s multi-club DPI battle and, with 10 clubs entered, we were kept to only 7 images from each club. The clubs were Bath, Calne, Corsham, Devizes, From Wessex, Nonpareil, Royal Wootton Bassett, Stratton, Swindon and Warminster.
The judge was Ralph Snook ARPS DPAGB EFIAP who is a member of North West Bristol Camera Club. He is a very experienced Judge and an executive member of both the WCPF and the RPS Nature Group.
We thought he was very fair in his assessments and, just as important to those who attended, he delivered his deliberations succinctly and without repetition of the same adjectives.
We were treated to some very good images from all clubs and at the break after 4 rounds we were in joint 5th position with Nonpareil in the lead having a two point lead over Bath and Devizes, who were jointly three points ahead of Frome Wessex, then us and Calne, followed by Royal Wootton Bassett, Corsham and Stratton, with Swindon propping up the table.
The extensive raffle was drawn in the break then we settled down for the final three rounds which went much the same was as the first four. In the end we just slipped ahead of Calne and managed possession of 5th place on our own.
The image chosen as “Best of the Competition” was a stunning photograph of a kingfisher rising from the water with catch in beak, and was by Robert Harvey of Devizes. A well deserved winner of the individual award.
Our best scores were Wave Rider by Carole Zimmerman (19) and Parson’s Chameleon by Peter Clarke (19) but we equipped ourselves pretty well overall and the final scores can be viewed here with thumbnails and scores for our images here.
We finished only one point behind Frome Wessex which presents a bit of a challenge for our next encounter with them.
It was a good competition, with lots of good images, and was and enjoyable evening so thanks to our hosts Calne Camera Club.
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS